Al Lupiano has found that 65 people who attended Colonia High School in New Jersey all had an extremely rare brain tumor, prompting an investigation
An investigation is underway after a former student discovered that 65 people at his New Jersey school have a very rare brain tumor.
Al Lupiano, who attended Colonia High School in Woodbridge, shared how he began researching the cancer cases and was shocked by the results.
He himself had been diagnosed with the extremely rare cancer 20 years ago, and when other family members also contracted the disease, which affects the left side of the brain, he began investigating what was going on.
He discovered that 65 sufferers had attended his school.
The environmental scientist said he lost his sister to stage 4 glioblastoma, which was diagnosed in August last year, and two hours after that diagnosis, his wife was also told she had a primary brain tumor.
This led to him making a post on Facebook asking if other children at Colonia High School had suffered from tumors.
“What I find alarming is that there’s really only one environmental link to primary brain tumors, and that’s ionizing radiation. It’s not contaminated water. It’s not air. There is nothing in the ground. It’s not something that’s done to us because of bad habits,” says Mr. Lupiano CBS News.
He’s now working with local officials to find out what might have happened at the school, which was built in 1967 using materials used in the construction, one theory has been put forward.
“It was new territory. It was forest. High school was the first thing there, so probably nothing was in the ground at the time. The only thing that could possibly have happened was fill material brought in while we have no record from 55 years ago,” said Woodbridge Mayor John McCormick.
The state ministry responsible for environmental protection has now been contacted to investigate.
“We’re looking at possible things we can do between the city and the school and they said they’ll look at anything we can think of,” Mr McCormick said.
“I am a lifelong resident here. I raised my family here. Therefore, the health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance to me.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/sixty-five-people-very-rare-26616962 Sixty-five people with very rare brain tumors, all linked to the same school